Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection is from Church Relations Director Paco Wertin.
The way we treat one another is the measure of how we are living the Gospel.
In a 1986 pastoral letter, the U.S. Bishops said it like this: “Human personhood must be respected with a reverence that is religious. When we deal with each other, we should do so with the sense of awe that arises in the presence of something holy and sacred. For that is what human beings are: we are created in the image of God.” (Economic Justice for All, #28)
Thomas Merton, the late Trappist monk and spiritual writer, said it like this after having an epiphany on a street corner in Louisville in 1958: “… then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts …, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes.” (from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander)
Unbound says it like this: I believe in you. We work with sponsored members and their families as they walk a path out of poverty as full members in a community of compassion. We believe in one another and recognize the dignity and beauty of each person and how that expresses itself in community.
Here’s how an Unbound social worker and a sponsored child’s family lived it out. The family was grateful to receive eggs as one of the benefits of belonging to the Unbound community, but in conversation, the family and the social worker decided together that it would be better if chickens were the benefit instead.
Chickens, you see, would produce eggs that would both feed the family and be available for selling. It may be a small thing, but that’s how dignity works.
Thank you for the beauty, O God, that lies deep within each of us. Help us to love everyone and everything that you love. Help us to know that recognizing the dignity of each opens a door to new possibilities of forging that path out of poverty, a path that emerges from and leads to the depths of our hearts, where you live and reign forever and ever. Amen.